Press release

Press briefing - morning 6 February 2013

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The Prime Minister's Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the OECD survey, Libor and the EU Summit.

OECD

Asked whether the Chancellor’s involvement with the publication of the OECD survey meant there would be good news, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said we should wait for the OECD to make their report.

Libor

Asked if the government would make RBS pay Libor fines from their bonuses, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was clear that the fines should not be paid by taxpayers.

EU Summit

When asked, the PMS confirmed that there would be a separate background briefing for the lobby in the afternoon.

Equal marriage

Asked whether the PM’s authority had been undermined, and if the PM was disappointed that so many MPs had opposed equal marriage, the PMS said it had been a free vote.

Questioned whether the PM regretted not making his statement earlier in the day, the PMS said the PM’s views were well known, and they had been expressed many times before.

Asked whether there would be discipline against those MPs who ignored the whips on the programme motion, the PMS said it was a matter for the whips.

EU speech

Asked whether the PM welcomed the support of Marine Le Pen for his stance on the EU, the PMS said the PM had made his own views clear in his recent speech.